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Holly Whitton, Larry N Singh, Marissa A Patrick, Andrew J Price, Fernando G Osorio, Carlos López-Otín, Irina M Bochkis
Increasing evidence suggests that regulation of heterochromatin at the nuclear envelope underlies metabolic disease susceptibility and age-dependent metabolic changes, but the mechanism is unknown. Here, we profile lamina-associated domains (LADs) using lamin B1 ChIP-Seq in young and old hepatocytes and find that, although lamin B1 resides at a large fraction of domains at both ages, a third of lamin B1-associated regions are bound exclusively at each age in vivo. Regions occupied by lamin B1 solely in young livers are enriched for the forkhead motif, bound by Foxa pioneer factors...
February 27, 2018: Aging Cell
Zeming Wu, Weiqi Zhang, Moshi Song, Wei Wang, Gang Wei, Wei Li, Jinghui Lei, Yu Huang, Yanmei Sang, Piu Chan, Chang Chen, Jing Qu, Keiichiro Suzuki, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Guang-Hui Liu
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) and Werner syndrome (WS) are two of the best characterized human progeroid syndromes. HGPS is caused by a point mutation in lamin A (LMNA) gene, resulting in the production of a truncated protein product-progerin. WS is caused by mutations in WRN gene, encoding a loss-of-function RecQ DNA helicase. Here, by gene editing we created isogenic human embryonic stem cells (ESCs) with heterozygous (G608G/+) or homozygous (G608G/G608G) LMNA mutation and biallelic WRN knockout, for modeling HGPS and WS pathogenesis, respectively...
February 23, 2018: Protein & Cell
Ewelina Zarakowska, Jolanta Czerwinska, Agnieszka Tupalska, Matt J Yousefzadeh, Siobhán Q Gregg, Claudette M St Croix, Laura J Niedernhofer, Marek Foksinski, Daniel Gackowski, Anna Szpila, Marta Starczak, Barbara Tudek, Ryszard Olinski
5-Hydroxymethylcytosine and 5-formylcytosine are stable DNA base modifications generated from 5-methylcytosine by the ten-eleven translocation protein family that function as epigenetic markers. 5-Hydroxymethyluracil may also be generated from thymine by ten-eleven translocation enzymes. Here, we asked if these epigenetic changes accumulate in senescent cells, since they are thought to be inversely correlated with proliferation. Testing this in ERCC1-XPF-deficient cells and mice also enabled discovery if these DNA base changes are repaired by nucleotide excision repair...
February 3, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
T Y He, N Zhang, Y Xia, Y Luo, C R Li, J Yang
Objective: To investigate the clinical features and genetic characteristics of cases with NBAS gene defects. Method: Characteristics of clinical materials, immunological data and gene mutation of the first case in China with NBAS gene mutation were retrospectively analyzed. The related literature was searched by using search terms'NBAS'. Result: A 2-year-four-month old girl, was admitted due to 'fever and pallor for one day'. There was an intrauterine growth retardation at her fetal stage. Since her birth, she had suffered from recurrent infections and development delay was accompanied by persistent liver dysfunction...
December 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Haruka Sasaki, Kumiko Yanagi, Satoshi Ugi, Kunihisa Kobayashi, Kumiko Ohkubo, Yuji Tajiri, Hiroshi Maegawa, Atsunori Kashiwagi, Tadashi Kaname
Segmental progeroid syndromes with lipodystrophy are extremely rare, heterogeneous, and complex multi-system disorders that are characterized by phenotypic features of premature aging affecting various tissues and organs. In this study, we present a "sporadic/isolated" Japanese woman who was ultimately diagnosed with mandibular hypoplasia, deafness, progeroid features, and progressive lipodystrophy (MDPL) syndrome (MIM #615381) using whole exome sequencing analysis. She had been suspected as having atypical Werner syndrome and/or progeroid syndrome based on observations spanning a 30-year period; however, repeated genetic testing by Sanger sequencing did not identify any causative mutation related to various subtypes of congenital partial lipodystrophy (CPLD) and/or mandibular dysplasia with lipodystrophy (MAD)...
February 26, 2018: Endocrine Journal
Juan Carlos Rivera-Mulia, Romain Desprat, Claudia Trevilla-Garcia, Daniela Cornacchia, Hélène Schwerer, Takayo Sasaki, Jiao Sima, Tyler Fells, Lorenz Studer, Jean-Marc Lemaitre, David M Gilbert
Progeroid syndromes are rare genetic disorders that phenotypically resemble natural aging. Different causal mutations have been identified, but no molecular alterations have been identified that are in common to these diseases. DNA replication timing (RT) is a robust cell type-specific epigenetic feature highly conserved in the same cell types from different individuals but altered in disease. Here, we characterized DNA RT program alterations in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) and Rothmund-Thomson syndrome (RTS) patients compared with natural aging and cellular senescence...
December 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Lindsay L Warner, David A Olsen, Hugh M Smith
BACKGROUND: De Barsy syndrome is a rare, autosomal recessive syndrome characterized by cutis laxa, progeroid appearance, ophthalmic opacification, skeletal malformations, growth delays, and intellectual disability. AIMS: The aim of this case series is to identify the anesthetic considerations in the clinical management of patients with de Barsy syndrome. METHODS: A retrospective case review from 1968 to 2016 was performed at a single tertiary medical center to identify patients with de Barsy syndrome who underwent anesthesia for diagnostic and surgical procedures...
January 2018: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Hui-Ling Ou, Björn Schumacher
The genome is constantly attacked by genotoxic insults. DNA damage has long been established to cause cancer development through its mutagenic consequences. Conversely, DNA damage is induced during radiation- and chemotherapy to drive cells into apoptosis or senescence as outcomes of the DNA damage response (DDR). More recently, DNA damage has been recognized as a causal factor for the aging process. The causal role of DNA damage in aging and age-related diseases is illustrated by numerous congenital progeroid syndromes that are caused by mutations in genome maintenance pathways...
November 15, 2017: Blood
Phillip R Musich, Zhengke Li, Yue Zou
The sensitivity of Xeroderma pigmentosa (XP) patients to sunlight has spurred the discovery and genetic and biochemical analysis of the eight XP gene products (XPA-XPG plus XPV) responsible for this disorder. These studies also have served to elucidate the nucleotide excision repair (NER) process, especially the critical role played by the XPA protein. More recent studies have shown that NER also involves numerous other proteins normally employed in DNA metabolism and cell cycle regulation. Central among these is ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related (ATR), a protein kinase involved in intracellular signaling in response to DNA damage, especially DNA damage-induced replicative stresses...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Diletta Edifizi, Björn Schumacher
DNA damage causally contributes to aging and age-related diseases. The declining functioning of tissues and organs during aging can lead to the increased risk of succumbing to aging-associated diseases. Congenital syndromes that are caused by heritable mutations in DNA repair pathways lead to cancer susceptibility and accelerated aging, thus underlining the importance of genome maintenance for withstanding aging. High-throughput mass-spectrometry-based approaches have recently contributed to identifying signalling response networks and gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the physiological adaptations occurring upon unrepaired DNA damage...
November 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Haisheng Yang, Laia Albiol, Wing-Lee Chan, Dag Wulsten, Anne Seliger, Michael Thelen, Tobias Thiele, Lyudmila Spevak, Adele Boskey, Uwe Kornak, Sara Checa, Bettina M Willie
Gerodermia osteodysplastica (GO) is a segmental progeroid disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in the GORAB gene, associated with early onset osteoporosis and bone fragility. A conditional mouse model of GO (GorabPrx1) was generated in which the Gorab gene was deleted in long bones. We examined the biomechanical/functional relevance of the GorabPrx1 mutants as a premature aging model by characterizing bone composition, tissue-level strains, and whole-bone morphology and mechanical properties of the tibia...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
Takayasu Mori, Matthew J Yousefzadeh, Maryam Faridounnia, Jessica X Chong, Fuki M Hisama, Louanne Hudgins, Gabriela Mercado, Erin A Wade, Amira S Barghouthy, Lin Lee, George M Martin, Deborah A Nickerson, Michael J Bamshad, Laura J Niedernhofer, Junko Oshima
Pathogenic variants in genes, which encode DNA repair and damage response proteins, result in a number of genomic instability syndromes with features of accelerated aging. ERCC4 (XPF) encodes a protein that forms a complex with ERCC1 and is required for the 5' incision during nucleotide excision repair. ERCC4 is also FANCQ, illustrating a critical role in interstrand crosslink repair. Pathogenic variants in this gene cause xeroderma pigmentosum, XFE progeroid syndrome, Cockayne syndrome (CS), and Fanconi anemia...
November 3, 2017: Human Mutation
Karin Writzl, Ales Maver, Lidija Kovačič, Paula Martinez-Valero, Laura Contreras, Jorgina Satrustegui, Marco Castori, Laurence Faivre, Pablo Lapunzina, André B P van Kuilenburg, Slobodanka Radović, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Borut Peterlin, Araceli Del Arco, Raoul C Hennekam
A series of simplex cases have been reported under various diagnoses sharing early aging, especially evident in congenitally decreased subcutaneous fat tissue and sparse hair, bone dysplasia of the skull and fingers, a distinctive facial gestalt, and prenatal and postnatal growth retardation. For historical reasons, we suggest naming the entity Fontaine syndrome. Exome sequencing of four unrelated affected individuals showed that all carried the de novo missense variant c.649C>T (p.Arg217Cys) or c.650G>A (p...
November 2, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
Nadja Ehmke, Luitgard Graul-Neumann, Lukasz Smorag, Rainer Koenig, Lara Segebrecht, Pilar Magoulas, Fernando Scaglia, Esra Kilic, Anna F Hennig, Nicolai Adolphs, Namrata Saha, Beatrix Fauler, Vera M Kalscheuer, Friederike Hennig, Janine Altmüller, Christian Netzer, Holger Thiele, Peter Nürnberg, Gökhan Yigit, Marten Jäger, Jochen Hecht, Ulrike Krüger, Thorsten Mielke, Peter M Krawitz, Denise Horn, Markus Schuelke, Stefan Mundlos, Carlos A Bacino, Penelope E Bonnen, Bernd Wollnik, Björn Fischer-Zirnsak, Uwe Kornak
Gorlin-Chaudhry-Moss syndrome (GCMS) is a dysmorphic syndrome characterized by coronal craniosynostosis and severe midface hypoplasia, body and facial hypertrichosis, microphthalmia, short stature, and short distal phalanges. Variable lipoatrophy and cutis laxa are the basis for a progeroid appearance. Using exome and genome sequencing, we identified the recurrent de novo mutations c.650G>A (p.Arg217His) and c.649C>T (p.Arg217Cys) in SLC25A24 in five unrelated girls diagnosed with GCMS. Two of the girls had pronounced neonatal progeroid features and were initially diagnosed with Wiedemann-Rautenstrauch syndrome...
November 2, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
Xiaozhu Wang, Yu Huang, Ming Yan, Jiuwei Li, Changhong Ding, Hong Jin, Fang Fang, Yanling Yang, Baiyan Wu, Dafang Chen
There are two genetics complementary groups Cockayne syndrome type A and B (CS-A and CS-B OMIM 216400, 133540), which is a rare autosomal recessive segmental progeroid syndrome. Homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in the excision repair cross-complementation group 8 gene (ERCC8) result in CS-A, and mutations in ERCC6 result in CS-B. Homozygous ERCC6/ERCC8 mutations also result in UV-sensitive syndrome. In this study, twenty-one Han Chinese patients with CS were investigated to identify mutations in ERCC8/ERCC6, of which thirteen cases with CS-A were identified with the mutations of ERCC8...
October 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ali J Marian
BACKGROUND: Mutations in LMNA gene, encoding Lamin A/C, cause a diverse array of phenotypes, collectively referred to as laminopathies. The most common manifestation is dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), occurring in conjunction with variable skeletal muscle involvement but without involvement of the coronary arteries. Much less commonly, LMNA mutations cause progeroid syndromes, whereby an early-onset coronary artery disease (CAD) is the hallmark of the disease. We report a hitherto unreported compound cardiac phenotype, dubbed as "non-syndromic cardiac progeria", in a young patient who carried a rare pathogenic variant in the LMNA gene and developed progressive degeneration of various cardiac structures, as seen in the elderly...
October 18, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
Raghavendra A Shamanna, Deborah L Croteau, Jong-Hyuk Lee, Vilhelm A Bohr
Aging, the universal phenomenon, affects human health and is the primary risk factor for major disease pathologies. Progeroid diseases, which mimic aging at an accelerated rate, have provided cues in understanding the hallmarks of aging. Mutations in DNA repair genes as well as in telomerase subunits are known to cause progeroid syndromes. Werner syndrome (WS), which is characterized by accelerated aging, is an autosomal-recessive genetic disorder. Hallmarks that define the aging process include genomic instability, telomere attrition, epigenetic alterations, loss of proteostasis, deregulation of nutrient sensing, mitochondrial dysfunction, cellular senescence, stem cell exhaustion, and altered intercellular communication...
2017: F1000Research
Kirsten Thomsen, Takashi Yokota, Md Mahdi Hasan-Olive, Niloofar Sherazi, Nima Borhan Fakouri, Claus Desler, Christine Elisabeth Regnell, Steen Larsen, Lene Juel Rasmussen, Flemming Dela, Linda Hildegard Bergersen, Martin Lauritzen
Brain aging is accompanied by declining mitochondrial respiration. We hypothesized that mitochondrial morphology and dynamics would reflect this decline. Using hippocampus and frontal cortex of a segmental progeroid mouse model lacking Cockayne syndrome protein B (CSBm/m ) and C57Bl/6 (WT) controls and comparing young (2-5 months) to middle-aged mice (13-14 months), we found that complex I-linked state 3 respiration (CI) was reduced at middle age in CSBm/m hippocampus, but not in CSBm/m cortex or WT brain...
January 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
Seyedhossein Hekmatimoghaddam, Ali Dehghani Firoozabadi, Mohamad Reza Zare-Khormizi, Fatemeh Pourrajab
Cellular senescence (CS) is underlying mechanism of organism aging and is closely interconnected with age-related diseases (ARDs). Thus, any attempt that influences CS, may be undertaken to reverse or inhibit senescence, whereby could prolong healthy life span. Until now, two main proposes are epigenetic and genetic modifications of cell fate. The first one concerns rejuvenation through effective reprogramming in cells undergoing senescence, or derived from very old or progeroid patients, by which is effective in vitro in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)...
November 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
Heike Fuhrmann-Stroissnigg, Yuan Yuan Ling, Jing Zhao, Sara J McGowan, Yi Zhu, Robert W Brooks, Diego Grassi, Siobhan Q Gregg, Jennifer L Stripay, Akaitz Dorronsoro, Lana Corbo, Priscilla Tang, Christina Bukata, Nadja Ring, Mauro Giacca, Xuesen Li, Tamara Tchkonia, James L Kirkland, Laura J Niedernhofer, Paul D Robbins
Aging is the main risk factor for many chronic degenerative diseases and cancer. Increased senescent cell burden in various tissues is a major contributor to aging and age-related diseases. Recently, a new class of drugs termed senolytics were demonstrated to extending healthspan, reducing frailty and improving stem cell function in multiple murine models of aging. To identify novel and more optimal senotherapeutic drugs and combinations, we established a senescence associated β-galactosidase assay as a screening platform to rapidly identify drugs that specifically affect senescent cells...
September 4, 2017: Nature Communications
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